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Looking Back

From our archives
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (May 22, 1959 issue) The Women’s Club of Loomis was planning installation of officers, with Mrs. Thomas Ross as the installing officer. The new slate of officers included Mrs. Theo Brace, president; Lillian Pesi, vice president; Elizabeth Lindsay, recording secretary; Louise Dudley, corresponding secretary; Louise Swetzer, treasurer; and Lavina Pilliard, Dorothy Day and Mabel Black, directors. 25 YEARS AGO (May 24, 1984 Issue) Janice Sanaye received her Master of Divinity degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. A member of the First United Methodist Church in Loomis, she completed three years of academic professional preparation at the Presbyterian Seminary in San Anselmo. A 1980 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, she was one of 45 students to receive the degree. She is the daughter of Joe and Yasuko Kageta of Loomis. 10 YEARS AGO (May 20, 1999 Issue) Charles Oscar Morris died at the age of 98. At his death, he was one of only 500 living veterans of World War I. While serving in the U.S. Navy, he survived the sinking of the cruiser USS San Diego in 1918. He spent many long hours in the sea. Charles was employed in mining and worked in the famous Sutro Tunnel of Virginia City. While working at the August Welch garage in Penryn, he met the former Edith Smithem of Penryn. They were married for 63 years. Charles ended his career as an electrical engineer at McClellan AFB in Sacramento. He was active in the VFW and held the position of Adjutant General of the Nevada Wing. Ed Nelthorpe felt that he was “grandfathered in” for displaying his appliances on the sidewalk in front of his store which was done for decades. The Town of Loomis did not necessarily agree. The family business had been in operation for 84 years at the same location in Loomis. The historic Loomis Mutual Supply Company building was saved from being destroyed by a fire. Newspaper delivery man Choris Poole discovered the fire and alerted the fire department located right across the street. Unfortunately, most of the inventory of Finders Keepers Consignment Store was destroyed. Del Oro High School senior Adam Wear received his appointment to the Air Force Academy. He is the son of Marianne and Rex Wear of Newcastle. Tyler Harris planted redwood trees at Sunrise Loomis Park as part of his Del Oro senior project. His research paper related to the cause and effects of deforestation throughout the world. The Del Oro girls softball team recognized their graduating seniors: Angie Roberts, Sarah Lohr, and Sarah Boswell. Songwriter Lenny Green displayed his appreciation for Loomis by writing a song, “Where’s Loomis?” He had previously composed over 300 songs, many of which were recorded by country and pop artists including Pat Boone, Floyd Cramer, and the Texas Playboys.